UK officers to train Libya rebels

2011-04-19 18:07
London - Britain will send military officers to the Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi to train and advise rebels fighting the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Foreign Office announced on Tuesday.

Britain's National Security Council had decided to "move quickly" to expand the team already in Benghazi to include an additional military liaison advisory team, said Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The contingent would be drawn from experienced British military officers, he said.

The BBC said that around 10 officers would be sent to Benghazi to provide logistics and intelligence training as part of a joint Anglo-French operation.

The officers would not be involved in fighting, said Hague.

The move was necessary to help protect civilians in Libya and was compatible with the United Nations resolution that authorised a no- fly zone, said Hague.

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